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"Final issue of the war—The longest purse wins."

This 1864 cartoon by former Punch cartoonist William Newman published in the monthly humor magazine Frank Leslie’s Budget of Fun offers a concise portrait of the superiority of the United States’ financial, commercial, and natural resources over the limited means and increasing debt of the Confederacy as the war entered its third year. Newman’s cartoons for the Budget of Fun often featured the war in the context of international relations—with particular concern regarding the possibility that, in particular, England and France might abandoned their official neutrality and recognize the Confederacy as an independent country.

Creator: William Newman

Date: March 1, 1864

Publisher: Frank Leslie's Budget of Fun

Source: HarpWeek